Ryosuke Hayashi
CEO and Managing Director, SBI Ven Capital

Ryosuke is the CEO and Managing Director of SBI Ven Capital, leading the group’s business in South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. He has been with the SBI Group since 2009. Ryosuke brings over 10 years of investment experience and has been engaged in private equity investments in South East Asia region since 2012.

Ryosuke currently holds directorship in various SBI Group and portfolio companies, including PT BNI Securities, SBI Royal Securities Plc, Sendo Technologies JSC, etc. Regarding licensed financial service business, he has held directorships in banking, securities brokerage, asset management and international remittance business across various countries in Asia and Europe.

Ryosuke has held directorships in various licensed financial service sectors such as banking, securities brokerage, asset management and international remittance business across Asia and Europe. Currently, he serves as director in over 10 companies such as PT BNI Securities (Indonesia), SBI Royal Securities Plc (Cambodia), Sendo Technologies JSC (Vietnam), etc.

Ryosuke also brings entrepreneurial and digital media back ground. He has launched and managed the Wall Street Journal’s Japanese language website as the Managing Director of Wall Street Journal Japan K.K. He was also part of the founding member of Dot Commodity, Inc., which was Japan’s largest online commodities brokerage platform at one time and is now a subsidiary of Rakuten Securities, Inc.

Ryosuke holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.

Paul Lim
Managing Director, SBI Ven Capital

Paul has over 25 years of experience in investment banking and, prior to SBI Ven Capital, was the President Commissioner of BNI Securities and has held various positions with Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Salomon Smith Barney and Bankers Trust.

Paul was the President Director and Head of Investment Banking for Salomon Smith Barney Indonesia.

Before that, he held the position of Head of Debt Capital Market for South East Asia in Salomon Smith Barney. His last position in Bankers Trust was President Director and Country Manager of Bankers Trust Indonesia running its investment banking activities.

Paul is an Independent Director of various companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange including China Everbright Water Limited, Golden Energy and Resources Limited and Nippecraft Limited. From 2010 to 2011, Paul was the Interim Acting CEO of Bio-Treat Technology Limited, a China-based waste-water treatment company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. He successfully restructured and settled its liabilities, reorganized the operations of the company and raised new capital through strategic investors in 2011.

Paul has a MBA degree and Bachelor in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Suramya Gupta
Fund Manager & Head of India Business

Suramya is a senior member of the team guiding the development of SBI Group’s Asset Management business in South and SE Asia. He is the Fund Manager for the SBI-FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund and he also heads the India Business for SBI Group. He holds directorships in various SBI Group and portfolio companies including Nirvana Ventures, Milestone River Ventures, LiqVid Technologies, Satin Credit-care and Taraashna Services.

Suramya has 16 years of experience in Investing, Investment Banking and Strategy Consulting across Asia. Over this period, he has advised some of the largest Asian business groups with regard to marquee transactions across sectors. Prior to SBI, Suramya worked with ANZ Bank (Singapore) where he led the build-out of ANZ Bank’s M&A Advisory business in SE Asia and India. Prior to that he was at Merrill Lynch where he spent over 5 years in Singapore & Mumbai in the Asia Investment Banking Team. He has also worked as a Corporate Finance Consultant for Stern Stewart & Co and at the Structured Products Desk of ICICI Ltd.

He holds a MBA (Finance & Strategy) from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from Delhi University.

Arno de Vette
Executive Vice President , SBI Ven Capital

Arno has over 25 years of experience with banking in emerging markets. Prior to assisting the Singapore team of SBI Ven Capital he has been a senior investment officer for the FMO in The Netherlands, covering mainly the financial sector in Asia and Central Asia.

Since 2001 he has provided many debt and equity products to FIs within the country mandate of the SBI-FMO Fund. His network in Asia is extensive.

In the period 2009-2011 he worked for Triodos Investment Management, a sustainable banking group in the Netherlands. The period prior to joining FMO Arno worked as a trainer at the ABN AMRO Academy in Amsterdam, training young international hires in banking. In the period 1986-2000 he worked in South America. He started his career in Suriname as economics lecturer. Afterwards from 1989 he worked in the management of the 2 largest banks in Suriname, both related to ABN AMRO.

Arno studied 2 Economics degrees at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Married with 2 grown up boys.

Potay Parapiboon
Vice President, SBI Ven Capital

Potay is currently a Vice President at SBI Ven Capital.

She has more than 7 years of international experience in private equity and investment banking.

Prior to SBI, Potay was at CapAsia, a mid-market private equity firm focusing on growth capital investment in Southeast and Central Asia.
Potay also worked at UBS Investment Bank, Financial Institution Group, where she was involved in the M&A advisory and capital market transactions for bank, insurance and non-bank financial institution clients across Southeast Asia.

Potay is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She holds a MS in Management Science and BA (with Honors) in Economics from Stanford University.

Hiroki Sugihara
Investment Manager, SBI Ven Capital

Hiroki has more than four years of international experience in private equity, venture capital, and capital markets across Asia.

Prior to joining SBI Ven Capital, he worked as researcher at Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) at its Singapore office.

Hiroki started his career at Bank of Japan after graduating from the University of Tokyo, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in law.

Hiroki is a CFA® charterholder.